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This is a saxophone quartet written in 2012. It is being read by a sax quartet in Boston MA. This quartet is the second movement of a larger four movement work about life in the city. The first…Continue
This was a string quartet I wrote many years ago, and I have started to convert it to sax quartet. There are still a few issues, but I am anxious to get some feedback as I move forward. All…Continue
In my opinion, Arnold Schoenberg is at his best.
This piece is an amazing amalgamation of moods. It is a pleasure to flow between them. As one would read poetry, one listens to Schoenberg. I may seem a bit overt, but it is called for in this instance. In this age of visual bombardment, Hollywood Extravaganza, the borderline ridiculous pace of life, this piece encapsulates it all. Although written before our current state, it remains an accurate editorial of…Continue
I WISH I could get away with what George Crumb has done. I think it has something to do with the fact that Crumb is a ninja in more traditional forms and styles, so he can back up his audacity.
His tonal language is mind-blowing. If ANYONE else did this, it would be laughable. George Crumb makes it artistic. It is so well done, that the listener is forced to swallow the newness of it. There are traditional elements that splattered with new tonal landscapes.…Continue
My favorite movement. Much in the same way as the finale of Firebird.
The pines of the Appian Way....I have never seen them, but I know without a doubt that they are absolutely beautiful thanks to Mr. Respighi. I cannot begin to imagine the kind of reaction he had when he first encountered them as a young child. Such explosive sounds, and constant beating.
It is only 5:10 minutes long. I was barely able to write the preceding paragraph in the amount of time it took…Continue
The Irish knew how to write a song, and Mr. Grainter knew how to set it for Orchestra.
It is absolutely beautiful. The use of solo strings and bras is striking. The interplay between discrete sections of the orchestra are amazing, and pack such an emotional punch!
It is 3:30 of listening bliss. Nothing really challenging about this piece. Besides the fact that there is no way that I would be able to score something this well, there is nothing particularly challenging about…Continue